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Erika + Blake | St Augustine Engagement Photography

St Augustine Engagement Photography

Who would have known coming to work on your Saturday off to help your boss paint a wall would lead to L-O-V-E? Well, that was one of the best decisions Erika has made. While there  (she worked at verizon) Blake came in to get internet service. Erika instantly noticed him and couldn’t help but think he was a CUTIE. She realized that he worked at the State Farm Agency just 7 door down from her office. Erika struck up conversation with Blake asking him how much coverage for a motorcycle would be. She says “I mean how could he resist a girl who drives a crotch rocket?!” lol. Her co worker actually went back with Blake to get his own vehicle quote. When her co worker returned she questioned him, wanting to know if Blake had any girlfriend photos up, or if ti looked like he might be single… HE WAS SINGLE!!! WAHOO!! Erika decided to write her name and number on the receipt Blake had left behind. She walked to his store with the intentions of saying “Hey heres your receipt, my name and number is on there in case you have any trouble” (*WINK*WINK*). Unfortunately her master plan didnt go as planned. Blake was out of the office on lunch. The receptionist took the receipt from Erika and left it on Blake’s desk. What now? How was Erika going to make it known she was trying to strike up a conversation with Blake?

For the next week Erika told her co worker (his name is Wes by the way, just to be a little more personal instead of calling this man “co worker” the whole time lol) she didnt think Blake was going to text her. She jokingly said “Hey we have his cell phone number, I could always text him.” Before she knew it Wes (AKA: Co Worker lol) pulled out his phone and said “Your going to thank me for this one day” and texted Blake himself. Sure enough a few days later Blake texted Erika (she says there may have been jumping and excitement involved lol) and they set up a date… The rest is history. People talk about love at first sight, and if you know Landon and My story (we knew each other 4 months before we got married) you know we are BIG believers in it. Erika said she knew pretty fast she loved Blake, it was definitely love at first sight.

Let’s fast forward to the proposal…

On Christmas day while at Erika’s families house the time came for they’re yearly family christmas photo. Blake takes the photo, and then some of the family insist that Blake goes and gets Erika’s dogs (two beautiful dachshunds, Boy: Maverick Girl: Nala). Erika had no idea why in the world the dogs needed to be in the photo however all the sudden Maverick ran out wearing a little top hat and bow tie with Nala following behind him in a wedding dress. Erika obviously didn’t understand what was going on because she yells out “OMG THE WEENIES ARE GETTING MARRIED!” Suddenly Blake gets down on one knee and proposes to Erika.

Talk about ROMANTIC!

The Shoot…

We originally planned to do Erika and Blake’s engagement shoot on Saturday, however the forecast called for a 100% (seriously Florida.. 100% ?!?!) chance of rain. We decided it would be best to push the shoot off until Sunday, and boy are we glad we did. Talk about PERFECT weather!!! Bright and sunny with just the right temperature, we had a great afternoon shooting. Erika and Blake are two peas in a pod. They both have such a easy going fun personality that compliments each other quite well. Blake is not camera shy a bit (most guys will do photos for the women they love, but i wouldn’t say they enjoy them) In fact he had no problem getting in front of the camera by himself several times. I LOVE it when the guys are just as excited for the photos. We met Erika and Blake at the bed and breakfast they were staying at (Journey’s End B&B) and headed to Flagler College where Blake graduated from. From there we headed over to a beautiful church next to the college (Oh how we love the architecture in St. Augustine.) After finishing the first half of the shoot in a more dressy attire, Erika and Blake changed into a more relaxed casual outfit to finish up the shoot.

It was a perfect proposal. Erika and Blake will be saying I DO in 2017 and we can not wait to document their special day.

Enjoy some of these gorgeous photos of their engagement shoot in St. Augustine.

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